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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 I have been working in or around government for more than 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most peop...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
Politics and corruption are two words that are all too often found together, especially in Illinois. While we have laws meant to protect whistleblowers who point out legitimate problems, most remain f...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that recess...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
When my Grandmother Platt put on her white linen dress and the hat that made her look like a duchess and announced that we were going shopping, it only meant one thing – a day of adventure “downto...
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 12:01 am
 The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 was designed to be the largest mass rally in history to awaken a sleepwalking world to the dangers ahead. Even by the time you reached t...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 12:01 am

Raise the federal minimum wage

 I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did w...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 12:01 am
 I have met Barack Obama twice. And I must say, I expected greater things.I have shaken hands with every president from Harry Truman to Obama. Some were memorable, some inspiring, some just guys ...
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 12:01 am

‘Is the world deaf and blind?’

 Last week Illinois Times published in this op/ed space “A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq”, who have developed a bond with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield over the past...

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